A Shau Valor

American Combat Operations in the Valley of Death, 1963–1971

Thomas R. Yarborough

In this work a decorated combat veteran, plus bestselling author, turns his sights on the true focal point of the Vietnam War. He unveils a chronicle of unsung U.S. courage in battle, while also acknowledging that the second the U.S. decided to give up on its fight for the A Shau Valley it was clear that the war had been lost . . .
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May 2016
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• A plethora of firsthand accounts from participants as well as analysis

The author himself flew countless missions over the A Shau Valley during the war
Ties in the troops' recognition of the slip of support back home that all but betrayed their gallant fights against the North Vietnamese Army

Throughout the Vietnam War, one focal point persisted where the Viet Cong guerrillas and ARVN were not a major factor, but where the trained professionals of the North Vietnamese and United States armies repeatedly fought head-to-head. A Shau Valor is a thoroughly documented study of nine years of American combat operations encompassing the crucial frontier valley and a 15-mile radius around it—the most deadly killing ground of the entire Vietnam War. Beginning in 1963 Special Forces A-teams established camps along the valley floor, followed by a number of top-secret Project Delta reconnaissance missions through 1967. Then, U.S. Army and Marine Corps maneuver battalions engaged in a series of sometimes controversial thrusts into the A Shau designed to disrupt NVA infiltrations and to kill enemy soldiers, part of what came to be known as Westmoreland's "war of attrition.”

The various campaigns included Operation Pirous in 1967, 1968's Operations Delaware and Somerset Plain, 1969's Operations Dewey Canyon, Massachusetts Striker, and Apache Snow—which included the infamous battle for Hamburger Hill—culminating with Operation Texas Star and the vicious fight for and humiliating evacuation of Fire Support Base Ripcord in the summer of 1970, the last major U.S. battle of the war. By 1971 the fighting had once again shifted to the realm of small Special Forces reconnaissance teams assigned to the ultra-secret Studies and Observations Group—SOG. Other works have focused on individual battles or units, but A Shau Valor is the first to study the nine-year campaign—for all its courage, sacrifice and valor—chronologically and within the context of other historical, political, and cultural events. In addition to covering the strictly military aspects of the various campaigns in the A Shau, Tom Yarborough, author of the renowned Da Nang Diary, shows how events in both Vietnam and the United States became inexorably linked, as domestic dissent and a lack of realistic military strategy ultimately led to America's first lost war.


A book like no other on the Vietnam War, it pulls no punches and puts the reader right there amid the jungle.
Gun Mart

Featured in MHM's round-up of the best military history titles for October 2016.
Military History Matters (Reviewer)

There is such a great deal we still don't know about some of the theatres of the Vietnam War - Yarborough writes as though he were there when it happened, such is the vividness with which he recounts some of the events…
Books Monthly

Having read only 30-40 Vietnam books, I have no claim to expertise, but this is the best I've ever read.[…] The writing style is excellent, and coverage is superb. The author was a Forward Air Controller and brings an immediacy and insight into the horrendous nature of the business.
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